On March 13, 1991, the town of Zakho, 159 kilometres northwest of Erbil, was the latest to rise up against the Baathist regime, coming under Kurdish control by the next day.
Ismat Dino, 70, recalled that women played a bigger role than men in the Zakho uprising.
“By God, the ululation of Zakho's women reached the skies,” he said, remembering that Iraqi forces surrendered the weapons to the women instead of the men.
Kurds in Iraq took to the streets in March 1991
, leading to an uprising that would continue for nearly a month and gradually set the grounds for what later became the Kurdistan Region.
The initial uprising began on March 5, 1991 in the town of Raniya
, but it soon spread to Erbil
, Dohuk, and even Kirkuk, where the security forces of Saddam Hussein's regime were ousted.